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How To Use Orbot VPN – Tutorial

Orbot VPN
Written by Hassan Abbas

Do you want to use Orbot VPN? Before mobile, every time users need to browse through the internet privately, they relied on Tor Browser on their computer. Tor Browser, introduced by The Tor Project. It was the only way to browse the internet secretly and defend against surveillance back in the day.

After the stress on privacy and aim security lately, users slowly switched to VPN services to satisfy their browsing requirements. But when VPNs got blocked. That is where Orbot comes in. The same team behind TOR also gives an app build to work on Android to enables users to get online anonymously.

What do you know about Orbot?

Orbot is a game with robots, it’s a much more useful tool. Orbot delivers a secure internet connection. Also, Orbot is a proxy app that instructs apps on Android to connect to the Wifi more securely.

The app collaborates with TOR and also helps traffic bounce across various systems around the world. Just to ensure you’re safe. If you want to understand this, you want to know the difference between a VPN and a proxy.

VPN:

VPN offers a secure connection using a tunnel b/w your device to its own servers around the globe. VPNs can also use used to hide IP address, thus securing your government and ISP from knowing your physical location.

Also, it helps users to bypass region-specific websites and services as you can now tweak your viewing location to be anywhere the VPN provider’s servers are in. While it enables you to browse the Wifi securely. But the major cons of VPN is that the performance of your Wifi connection will drop significantly and internet speeds become slow.

Proxy:

Proxy and VPN both look similar on the table, there are some common differences. Using a proxy service, when you request a website, the requests are routed using a proxy server and you only communicate with the proxy server during the whole time.

A proxy will make it seems like you’re connecting to a website using a location rather than your physical address. So thus hiding your public IP address. The difference is, besides a VPN service, a proxy app can dig out the content you or others connected to your network.

Orbot:

Proxy services have an absence of encryption when data packets b/w the user and selected server weren’t encrypted. Orbot, besides other proxies, uses TOR to translate all user’s traffic by thriving it through a kill of PCs across the world. Also, Orbot has a built-in VPN feature in which the company helps you to bypass firewalls.

Difference Between Orbot’s VPN Or VPN Apps:

Orbot VPN

Websites or services (like other VPNs) can’t block Orbot’s VPN. This is due to it will keep thriving from PC to PC until a connection is maintained. Also, besides other VPN apps, Orbot doesn’t provide any advertisements in its interface.

However, standard VPN services can encrypt your data and connects you to the target server. But the functionality of Orbot’s VPN is to first encrypt the data and then spread this data through various systems across the globe.

Reason To Use Orbot

  • Protect against network surveillance: Orbot translates or encrypts your Internet traffic and then sends this data through various systems before arriving at the end server. The app also ensures that your privacy and data remain secure from prying eyes, ISP, and the government.
  • Open-source and Ad-free: Besides older VPN apps that serve ads as soon as the app is opened. Well, Orbot is ads-free. This is due to the service is open source and anyone can checks out the codes freely of the software.
  • Root access enables using proxy across all Mobile apps and services: Users can add a proxy to all of their outgoing traffic using their mobile device via Orbot if they access to root. You can also organize which apps you like to use with Orbot.

Use Orbot on Smartphone

Using Orbot on smartphone is quite easy but you want to first set it up. While you can also use the app to modify the proxy server, you can also add the proxy through VPN to use it on all apps. We’ve made an article to get you begin with Orbot.

Steps To Use Orbot:

Step 1:

Install and download Orbot from Google Play.

Step 2:

Then Open Orbot.

Step 3:

Follow the on-screen steps.

  • A welcome screen appears, tap the arrow under the right.
  • When moving to the last page, hit on Done.
  • You will now be welcomed by the app’s main page.
Step 4:

Click on the massive grayed-out Onion icon in the middle that reads Start.

  • This will begin the proxy process in Orbot using the app’s default settings.
  • Clicking on the icon will enable it into yellow, which highlights that Orbot is processing your connection with a proxy.
  • Then the icon changes into green when Orbot has successfully connected to a proxy server.

Now you are ready to use Orbot. Well, Orbot will be visible as a widget in the notification or alerts drawer.

Working Of Orbot On Samsung Galaxy devices

On Galaxy devices, an app founds that listens to the same network port as Orbot needs. If you want to ignore that from happening then follow the article mentioned below:

Step 1:

Install and download Netstat Plus from Google Play.

Step 2:

Head over to the Netstat Plus.

Step 3:

Move to the Listen tab at the top.

Step 4:

View for the app that uses the network port 9050.

  • Remember the name of the app.
Step 5:

Now search the listening app on your mobile phone and force stop it. How to do that:

  • Head over to the Settings.
  • Move down to choose Applications.
  • Click on the app that was listening on the network port 9050.
  • Press Force Stop.
  • Click on Disable.
Step 6:

If that doesn’t resolve the issue, you can then modify the Tor SOCKS network to 9051.

  • Head over to the Orbot app.
  • Tap on the 3-dot menu at the top right.
  • Click Settings.
  • At the bottom of the Debug section, modify Tor SOCKS to 9051 or AUTO.

That’s all, Orbot should now work on your Samsung Galaxy device.

Switch on Orbot’s VPN Mode

While switching on Orbot in its default setting enables you to browse the web secretly. However, it’s VPN Mode ensures the proxy technique works on all the apps installed on your mobile. Also, Orbot’s VPN Mode uses a mobile VPN tool, and besides an actual VPN service, it uses TOR as a VPN. This enables any app on your mobile to use Orbot’s proxy service.

Step 1:

Head over to the Orbot app.

Step 2:

Click on the onion icon in the middle. Wait until the connection is maintained and the icon turns green.

Step 3:

Click on the toggle located next to the VPN mode section under the onion icon.

Orbot’s VPN Mode will now enable and you can then use the proxy server on all the apps installed on your mobile.

Choose individual apps to use Orbot’s VPN Mode

While switching or moving to Orbot’s VPN Mode via the main screen will turn on the proxy server for the whole device. Also, you can manually choose which of the apps on your mobile can use the feature. Choosing the VPN mode for individual apps will ensure that Orbot connects to a proxy server only while using the choose apps.

Step 1:

Head over to the Orbot app.

Step 2:

Click on the onion icon in the middle. Wait for a while until the connection is built and the icon changes into the green.

Step 3:

Tap on the setting icon under the Tor-enabled apps section.

  • Orbot will now display you a list of apps that needs a connection to the internet.
Step 4:

Choose the apps that you want to work with Orbot’s VPN Mode.

Step 5:

Move back to the earlier screen.

Step 6:

Click on the toggle located next to the VPN mode section.

Orbot’s VPN functionality also applied to the chosen apps on your mobile device. Make sure that switching on the VPN mode will only turn on VPN for these apps and not all of them. To turn off this, you will have to unmark the apps that you chose in the method above.

Modify your location on Orbot

Like other VPN apps, Orbot offers a method to modify your location and access geographically restricted content on some services.

Step 1:

Head over to the Orbot app.

Step 2:

Click on the drop-down menu i.e Global (Auto).

Step 3:

Choose your required region from the choices listed in the drop-down menu.

Step 4:

Click on the onion icon in the middle. Wait a while until the connection is maintained and the icon changes into the green.

Step 5:

You can also turn on the required region on all apps or chosen apps by clicking the toggle located next to the VPN mode section.

Conclusion:

Here’s all about “Use Orbot VPN”. If you think that it is helpful then do let us know your suggestions in the comment section below. Do you know any other method that you think we can’t mention in this article? Comment us below and stay tuned with us!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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